Rehoboth Beach Volunteer Fire Co. Goes Door-to-Door to Install Smoke Detectors
Austin Kint moved to Angola Neck Park in Rehoboth Beach about a year ago and his smoke detectors are overdue for a battery change.
Kint says he has three older alarms that require 9 volt batteries. "They're of course going to cost me in batteries," he says.
Angela Cruz moved in across the street from Kint with 5 kids and a dog about a year and a half ago.
"I was homeless and this place was given to me to make it my home," says Cruz. Her home didn't have any smoke detectors when she moved in.
Now the Rehoboth Beach Volunteer Fire Company spends their Saturday knocking on roughly 300 doors in their district to ensure that residents like Kint and Cruz have working smoke detectors.
Spokesman Warren Jones says they're going door-to-door, asking residents if their smoke detectors are working. "If they don't know or they don't know how to check them, we're going inside to check them for them. If they're not working then we're going to replace the smoke detector and install it if they need us to do that for them," he says.
Jones says it was a concering amount of fire deaths that inspired them to do this. "We lost 11 people last year in the state of Delaware in home fires. Eight of those did not have working smoke detectors and so far this year unfortunately we've already lost three and two of the three did not have working smoke detectors. All three so far this year were in Sussex County," he explains.
These smoke detectors have a 10-year life span.
Now Kint won't have to worry about buying new batteries. "I think I'm going to put this one in my kitchen," he says.
Kint and Cruz are both grateful and say that they feel safer.
Kint says this shows how involved the fire company is in the community. "They care about our safety and making sure that we get first alert if there is ever a smoke alert or oxygen center that goes off," he says.
These new alarms give Cruz some peace of mind. "I cook a lot and with the kids running around, anything can happen," she says.
Rehoboth Beach Volunteer Fire Company keeps about 40 10-year smoke alarms at each of their 3 stations and they will give them to anyone in their district who needs them if they just reach out. To obtain one, residents who live within the district can visit one of the three stations or call the fire comapany at (302) 227-8400 and someone will come help install them.
During their Saturday rounds, the Rehoboth Beach Volunteer Fire Company gave out 36 smoke detectors and installed 7 more in the Angola Neck area alone.